The woman arrested for selling and storing food near a toilet at Mantse Agbona, a suburb of Accra, has been fined by the Sanitation and Motor Court.
The La-based court presided over by Justice Juliet Duadu fined the accused, Vivían Aryeetey, ¢1,200 on Wednesday.
Public health and safety had been compromised at Mantse Agbona when the JoyNews’ 'Clean Ghana’ campaign team made a stop at that community.
The team was made up of journalists, security officers, public health authorities and sanitation officers, including District Assembly officers.
The team was taken aback when members saw food for the market being prepared close to a dustbin and a toilet facility on September 11, 2019.
Attempts by some residents to cover-up the distasteful acts of Madam Vivian Aryeetey led to a scuffle resulting in the heckling of a JoyNews’ Photojournalist.
She was arrested and put before the court on Wednesday.
In an interview with myjoyonline.com, Chief Environmental Health Officer of Ashiedu Keteke Sub-Metro of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Nii Okine Aryee, said Madam Aryeetey had no legal representation in court.
According to Nii Okine Aryee, who doubles as the prosecutor, the accused pleaded guilty to charges of (i) selling food in an unsanitary condition and (ii) selling food without a medical health certificate.
She was sentenced on her own pleas.
Madam Aryeetey would be jailed for a period of ten months should she defaults in paying the fine.
The court also ordered her to relocate to a more hygienic place or pay a fine of GH¢ 600 for any day she sells at the current business location.
Deepening the advocacy for clean communities, JoyNews, a brand under The Multimedia Group, has launched the 'Clean Ghana Campaign to rally citizens to their civic responsibilities.
As part of the campaign, staff of Multimedia Group have been placed at hospitals, schools, churches and public places in a move to re-awaken a dying sense of communal duty.
Photos below capture events last week when Madam Aryeetey’s activities caught the eye of the sanitation officers.